TACT: London teacher swimming the English Channel to raise money for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children

At the end of June, Crouch End swimmer Joe Labuschagne will be swimming the 22 miles of the English Channel in aid of The Adolescent and Children’s Trust.

Joe, a retired rugby player turned PE teacher, has been training for over 21 hours a week since September 2008. He said “I’ve always dreamt of swimming the channel. My journey to this point has been an amazing one. I have conquered fears. I have made friends and learned a lot about myself.”

TACTs Chief Executive Kevin Williams said

“People like Joe are an inspiration to us all. I’m sure that as he undertakes this gruelling swim thoughts of the benefits he will bring to young people in care will keep him going.”

Following strict Channel Swimming Association rules, Joe will be swimming with no artificial aids, but with only the use of goggles, speedos and grease to help with the Channels typical temperature of 13°C to 17°C.

Notes to Editor

Contact TACTs Fundraising Officer Gemma Reynolds on 0208 475 7115 for further information about Joe Labuschagne’s Channel Swim.

The Adolescent & Children’s Trust (TACT) is the UK’s largest charity provider of fostering and adoption services. Working in nine offices across England, Wales and Scotland it is dedicated to providing effective services and campaigning on behalf of children and young people in care and families.

Joe Labuschagne is based in Crouch End, and currently working in Hall School, Hampstead.

The exact date of Joe Labuschagne’s Channel Swim will be dependent upon tides and weather, but has been diarised for week commencing 29th June 2009.